HC dismisses PIL against Shiv Sena, Thackerays over `MNIK`

The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL seeking action against Shiv Sena and its leadership for inciting violence at the time of release of Shah Rukh Khan starrer "My Name is Khan".

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 21:49 PM IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday
dismissed a PIL seeking action against Shiv Sena and its
leadership for inciting violence at the time of release of
Shah Rukh Khan starrer "My Name is Khan".

Actress Kunika Lal`s PIL said that the entire police
machinery had to be deployed to maintain calm because of
Sena`s threat to disrupt screenings of the film.

Lal said that the cost for this security be recovered
from Sena, its chief Bal Thackeray, executive president Uddhav
Thackeray, and senior leader Sanjay Raut, it said. She also
sought criminal action against them.

However, a division bench of justices J N Patel and S
C Dharmadhikari said that "PIL does not make out the case
against the state that it failed to provide security to
people" during this episode.

"Law and order is the concern of the state...
petitioner is at liberty to raise the issue before the
legislature," the bench held.

The court also remarked, during the argument, that
"majority of people are following them (Shiv Sena). What can
be done?"

Trouble began when Shah Rukh questioned the absence of
Pakistani players from the third edition of IPL. Protesting
against his remarks, Sena tried to halt the screening of
"MNIK".

But the film was released in Maharashtra and other
parts of the country as scheduled amid tight security
bandobast.

PTI